Study of possible futures of Yahara watershed launches on May 14

The Water Sustainability and Climate Project at UW-Madison invites you to the public debut of its Integrated Scenarios, a.k.a. Yahara 2070, on Wednesday, May 14. Yahara 2070 is an endeavor to explore possible futures for the people, lakes, and ecosystems of the Yahara Watershed, the region that shares Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa. It is an inquiry into what life in the year 2070 could be like if certain social and environmental changes were to occur. It is a tool for communities and decision makers to discuss what kind of future they want for the region. Yahara 2070 is a set of four scenarios that are based in rigorous science, public input, and “out-of-the-box” thinking. An investigation of the question “what if…?”, they provide fictitious but plausible stories about the future of ecosystems and human well-being, based on a range of possible changes. Learn more about the scenarios here. This event is the official introduction of a suite of research results that will emerge over the course of 2014 and 2015. Join us to learn about Yahara 2070 and to be a part of a conversation about our region’s future. Date: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm, reception with food and beverage to follow Place: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, H.F. DeLuca Forum, 330 N. Orchard St. Madison Free and open to the public. Please register. Presenters:

  • Chris Kucharik, Lead Principal Investigator and Associate Professor, Agronomy and Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, UW-Madison
  • Steve Carpenter, Principal Investigator and Director, Center for Limnology, UW-Madison

Following the presentation, a panel of local leaders will discuss the region’s future.